Marketplace Morning Report for Monday, April 30, 2012

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This week, two countries at the center of the European debt crisis will hold elections; and in some ways, the eurozone is a lot like a bar. In New York City, One World Trade Center will become the tallest building in the city. And when can spying on workers actually be a good thing?
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This week, two countries at the center of the European debt crisis will hold elections; and in some ways, the eurozone is a lot like a bar. In New York City, One World Trade Center will become the tallest building in the city. And when can spying on workers actually be a good thing?
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Chinese demand for cotton could hit global prices

According to the Wall Street Journal, cotton has become part of the fabric of life in China -- the country has bought over a million tons of the fluffy white stuff in the last seven months.
Posted In: China, cotton, demand
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Shutterfly to report earnings

We'll find out today how healthy the digital printer is -- so many people keep their photos in the cloud that digital printing companies like Shutterfly may be on the way out.
Posted In: photos, photography, Shutterfly
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Thinking about the eurozone as a bar

Academics find a useful way of describing what kind of crisis the eurozone is facing.
Posted In: Europe debt crisis
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One World Trade Center to recapture the N.Y. skyline

One World Trade Center, under construction, could surpass the height of Empire State Building Monday, reclaiming skyline honors. Is downtown Manhattan back?
Posted In: New York City, manhattan
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Weekend elections could shift focus in Europe

In a matter of days, two countries at the center of the European debt crisis will hold elections: France is on the verge of electing a socialist as president and Greece may also shake up its leadership. But it's Spain that's causing some heartburn today.
Posted In: Europe debt crisis, spain, France
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Can spying on workers be a good thing?

Do you work harder when someone is watching you? A company called Arrowsight that thinks you do. It's helping other companies install cameras in the workplace to make sure employees are doing their jobs correctly.
Posted In: spying, health care, Food, factory
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Japanese prime minister visits the U.S.

The Prime Minister of Japan, Yoshihiko Noda, is in Washington today for meetings with President Obama. There are tensions over the U.S. military in Japan, but moves toward closer cooperation on energy and trade.
Posted In: Japan
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The uneven manufacturing rebound

The nation's factories and plants have been churning out jobs pretty steadily since the recession ended. And this morning, we'll find out if that manufacturing rebound is still happening. Specifically, we're about to find out about regional manufacturing activity around Chicago and Dallas.
Posted In: manufacturing
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Soybean prices on the rise, could impact other food sources

The cost of soybeans is now hitting levels not seen just before the 2008 food crisis, and when this happens farmers switch to soybeans and away from rice -- that crucial staple of diets in so many parts of the world.
Posted In: soybeans, rice, commodities, farming
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Euro debt problems flare up in Spain

Spain has officially slipped back into recession and to make matters worse, Standard & Poor’s has downgraded the credit rating on 11 Spanish banks. That makes it harder for those banks to borrow money.
Posted In: spain, Europe debt crisis, recession
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Barnes & Noble teams up with Microsoft on Nook

We found out this morning that Microsoft is investing $300 million in Barnes & Noble's digital book business. Why would the sometime rivals decide to join together?
Posted In: Barnes & Noble, Nook, Microsoft
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An unlikely partnership to build the e-textbook business

When you think ebooks, the iPad and the Kindle come to mind -- not Microsoft Windows. But Microsoft's been losing enough ground in tablets and e-readers that today it's decided to spend $300 million to invest in Barnes & Noble's Nook digital-book business.
Posted In: Nook, textbooks, Barnes & Noble, Microsoft
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Google street view car collected private data

When it came out that Google was gathering data from people's wifi links as it cruised the streets mapping the neighborhood, Google blamed a lone engineer. The Federal Communications Commission has now looked into this and it wasn't just one guy.
Posted In: Google, privacy

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